on the meaning of "the uPortal Layout Manager"

Sean Keesler smkeesle at syr.edu
Thu Feb 14 16:05:13 UTC 2008

Sounds awesome for creating "free form" portfolios! Authors are currently
very constrained by the FCK editor and the "Layout" tool in OSP.

Sean Keesler
The Living SchoolBook
030 Huntington Hall
Syracuse University

On 2/14/08 10:28 AM, "Colin Clark" <colin.clark at utoronto.ca> wrote:

> Agreed. We totally need a good name for this new component. Here's a
> super-brief summary of what it does:
> "It" provides an accessible means of changing the layout of content
> modules using drag and drop or the keyboard. In the case of uPortal,
> it provides a means of reorganizing the order and positioning of
> portlets, respecting the concepts of locking and precedence. We see it
> as also very useful in a learning environment, where instructors or
> students may want to reorganize page layouts based on curriculum or
> time.
> Any suggestions for a great name for Fluid's latest component?
> Colin
> On 14-Feb-08, at 9:23 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
>> On 13-Feb-08, at 8:09 PM, Andrew Petro wrote:
>>> I'm a little worried about calling the UI-layer user preferences
>>> facilities, the Fluid component, etc. "the uPortal Layout Manager".
>> Andrew, you raise a good point, and I'll say outright that we don't
>> have any problem at all with NOT referring to it as a "uPortal Layout
>> Manager."
>> In fact, we don't really have any official name for it, and I've been
>> trying to come up with one. Technically, we have the Reorderer working
>> in concert with a PortletLayoutHandler. (The LayoutHandler is
>> responsible for the specifics of the spatial layout of whatever is
>> being reordered. Fluid also has a ListLayoutHandler and a
>> GridLayoutHandler, for example.)
>>> what's being tested is the "user
>>> layout preferences UI".
>> I'm not sure this is entirely accurate either, because it's not really
>> dealing with preferences - at least, not what I think of as
>> preferences. I think of preferences as a collection of settings - but
>> I could probably be convinced otherwise :-)
>> I've been thinking of it in my head as a "Portlet Reorderer" which
>> doesn't sound very elegant to me.
>> Any other suggestions, anyone?
>> -- 
>> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
>> Software Designer, Fluid Project           fluidproject.org
>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto
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